I started a test batch back in the Summer on the IPA. I went with a simple malt bill consisting of 85% 2-row, then some Munich and touch of Crystal for body. The hop bill was mostly Amarillo and Simcoe, then some Citra for good measure. It was FWH then hop-bursted for a total of 5 oz of hops for 5.5 gallons (including dry-hop). The beer turned out really nice, absolutely sessionable but plenty of hop flavor and just the right bitterness (about 40 calculated). After a tasting with the couple, we decided to turn up the hop profile just a bit. For the wedding batch I stuck with the same malt bill but turned up the hop-bursting and dry-hop additions for a total of 16 oz of Amarillo/Simcoe in 11 gallons of beer. Brew-day was just 2.5 weeks before the wedding date as I wanted to serve it fresh, but I had some concern it would be a bit grassy from all of the hop matter. After 2 weeks I crashed it out with gelatin at 33 degrees for 4 days, then kegged/carbed. To my delight, the beer turned out stellar and absolutely hoppy, without being overwhelming. It comes in at just 4.3% ABV but has so much flavor most folks I spoke with at the wedding assumed it was a regular IPA. One friend compared it to Founder's All-Day, but said it had a lot more flavor.
For the Pumpkin Ale, I really wanted that beautiful burnt orange color but didn't want to overwhelm with sweetness. I went with 65% 2-row, 29% Munich and the rest Crystal-60. This produced a beautiful color without being too sweet. I bittered to ~30 IBUs at 60 minutes, then used the spicy Crystal hop @ 10 and 5. The beer was spiced in the boil as I normally would, 12 grams of Pumpkin Pie spice @ 0, then again before I crashed it out. A vanilla extract addition was added at kegging. The result was a 7.0% ABV beer that had a smooth spiciness. A lot of commercial examples are far 'too spicy' in my opinion and the flavors get muddled, this turned out to be very drinkable while still retaining the Pumpkin spice qualities.
Overall it was a great evening. Congrats to Mike and Lauren and Thank You for giving me the opportunity to do this! This IPA is officially in the beer rotation.